ASTM E1269 - 11

    Standard Test Method for Determining Specific Heat Capacity by Differential Scanning Calorimetry

    Active Standard ASTM E1269 | Developed by Subcommittee: E37.01

    Book of Standards Volume: 14.02


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    Significance and Use

    Differential scanning calorimetric measurements provide a rapid, simple method for determining specific heat capacities of materials.

    Specific heat capacities are important for reactor and cooling system design purposes, quality control, and research and development.

    1. Scope

    1.1 This test method covers the determination of specific heat capacity by differential scanning calorimetry.

    1.2 This test method is generally applicable to thermally stable solids and liquids.

    1.3 The normal operating range of the test is from 100 to 600 °C. The temperature range can be extended, depending upon the instrumentation and specimen holders used.

    1.4 The values stated in SI units are to be regarded as the standard.

    1.5 Computer or electronic-based instrumentation, techniques, or data treatment equivalent to this test method may be used.

    Note 1—Users of this test method are expressly advised that all such instruments or techniques may not be equivalent. It is the responsibility of the user of this test method to determine equivalency prior to use.

    1.6 This method is similar to ISO 113574, but contains additional methodology not found in that method. Additionally, ISO 113574 contains practices not found in this standard. This method is similar to Japanese Industrial Standard K 7123, but contains additional methodology not found in that method.

    1.7 This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use. Specific precautionary statements are given in Section 9.


    2. Referenced Documents (purchase separately) The documents listed below are referenced within the subject standard but are not provided as part of the standard.

    ASTM Standards

    E473 Terminology Relating to Thermal Analysis and Rheology

    E967 Test Method for Temperature Calibration of Differential Scanning Calorimeters and Differential Thermal Analyzers

    E968 Practice for Heat Flow Calibration of Differential Scanning Calorimeters

    E1142 Terminology Relating to Thermophysical Properties

    ISO Standard

    ISO11357–4 Plastics: Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC)- Determination of Specific Heat Capacity Available from American National Standards Institute (ANSI), 25 W. 43rd St., 4th Floor, New York, NY 10036, http://www.ansi.org.

    Japanese Industrial Standard

    K7123 Testing Methods for Specific Heat Capacity of Plastics


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 17.200.10 (Heat. Calorimetry)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code 41112201(Calorimeters)


    Referencing This Standard

    DOI: 10.1520/E1269-11

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    Citation Format

    ASTM E1269-11, Standard Test Method for Determining Specific Heat Capacity by Differential Scanning Calorimetry, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2011, www.astm.org

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